FlightGlobal, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, is delighted to announce that our forecast sessions are returning to the Aircraft Interiors Expo on the 4th and 5th April in the CabinSpace LIVE seminar theatre, Hamburg. 

Hamburg Messe
CabinSpace LIVE

Interiors Forecast Sessions

11.30 - 12.30: Sizing up the cabin-retrofit opportunity: Will airlines upgrade their interiors more often while keeping older aircraft in service longer?

  • Analysing the effects of fuel prices and environmental taxes on the cabin-retrofit industry.
  • Efficiently maximising the use of space in the aircraft in order to gain the most number of passengers per flight but retaining safety, good working conditions for crew, seat comfort and passengers’ convenience.
  • Does certification act as a hindrance? What can be done to make things easier?
  • Cabin Power and IFE reliability: Keeping up with customer expectations.


Joe Ferry, Head of Guest Experience, Etihad Airways

Linda Celestino, Vice President Guest Services, Etihad Airways

Dennis Markert, Director of Business Development and Technical Services, Astronics Corporation


14.30 - 15.30: The future of IFE – embedded, wireless, BYOD or immersive?

  • BYOD (Bring your Own Device) vs. installed IFE (In-Flight Entertainment Systems)
  • In-flight Wifi – What are the pros and cons? Are safety concerns gathering speed?
  • Is the willingness of passengers to pay for connectivity and in-flight entertainment changing?


Air France-KLM representative

Kevin Clark, CEO, Bluebox Aviation

Jan-Peter Gaense, Director Project & Certification, Lufthansa

Craig Foster, Senior Consultant, Valour

Dawood Al Raisi, Senior Manager Technical Projects, Oman Air

Leo Mondale, President, Inmarsat Aviation


15.45 - 16.45: Using connectivity to enhance the customer experience

  • Providing passengers with advanced customer information at the airport and onboard the aircraft.
  • Enabling agents and customer-facing applications to recognize and respond to individual customer needs by making stored information available at all touchpoints - reservations, check-in, on board, etc.
  • Ensuring your e-commerce website offers optimal functionality, performance and information, aligned with your airline’s brand values.


Air France-KLM representative

Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Mobility, ViaSat

Lukas Bucher, Head of Connectivity Programs, Lufthansa Technik

Joshua Marks, EVP Aviation, Global Eagle Entertainment


Hamburg Messe
Cabinspace live

MRO Forecast Sessions

10.00 - 11.00: Predictive maintenance and the connected aircraft: how connectivity will be crucial in the ‘big data’ era

  • Airborne health monitoring (AHM) data: What can be done with it and should be shared?
  • How can independent MROs compete if they don’t have the data?
  • How can AHM data actually cut costs? Will the regulators allow scheduled inspections to be deferred?
  • Can and should older-generation aircraft be equipped for AHM?
  • Will MRO requirements, rather than passenger needs, become the primary driver of the business case for connectivity?


Erik Goedhart, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Aerospace & Industrials

Kuehne + Nagel Franck Lepecq, R&T Innovation Manager, Aerospace Valley

Philip Hermann, Director of Connected Aircraft Marketing, Honeywell

Joshua Marks, EVP Aviation, Global Eagle Entertainment



11.30 - 12.30: Can the cabin-retrofit opportunity offset the declining maintenance requirements of latest-generation airframes?

  • Where does cabin-retrofit work sit in the value chain? Does it require highly skilled labour and therefore will operators pay a premium for high quality and less downtime?
  • Does it make more sense for an MRO to invest in cabin-retrofit capabilities, rather than airframe capabilities for the 787/A350?
  • Do the latest airliners actually require less maintenance as claimed by the OEMs, or is maintenance work simply being shifted from the hangar to the line?


14.30 - 15.30: Environmental impact of end of life cabin equipment. Current process and regulation.

  • Developing a conceptual framework for managing the end-of-life cabin equipment to achieve true sustainability
  • Who pays? Operators or OEMs?
  • Is regulation essential to force airlines to ‘do the right thing’?
  • What is the size of the challenge and what infrastructure is needed?
  • What regulations are on the horizon and will they be enforceable?


Tony Dixon, Aviation Consultant, Freelance

Earl Diamond, CEO, Avianor



Forecast Session Sponsors


Bluebox’s IFE portfolio provides airlines the latest technology in tablet-based and wireless IFE solutions (fitted and portable) as cost-effective alternatives to seatback IFE systems, and exploits these platforms to address a range of IFE requirements: service enhancement, service recovery, accessibility services and ancillary revenue generation.


Bluebox Ai blends the benefits of off-the-shelf technology with market-leading IFE software. The iPad-based solution has been approved by all six major Hollywood studios for delivering EWC, as well as other video, audio, reading and gaming content. Bluebox Hybrid is an enhanced version of Bluebox Ai, approved for connection to wireless streaming systems. Bluebox wIFE (fitted) and Bluebox Wow (portable) wireless systems provide wireless content streamed to passenger- and airline-owned devices. Bluebox Wow won the 2017 Inflight Award for ‘Handheld and/or Wireless IFE System’.


Bluebox Aviation serves over 40 airlines and aircraft operators, and has a global support network in Europe, the US, Australia and Singapore.





ViaSat in-flight internet is the only service that delivers a high-speed experience to everyone on board. Already serving millions of passengers each month, we’re counting down to this month’s launch of ViaSat-2, with an unprecedented network capacity of over 300 Gbps. Combined with more than 150 Gbps already enabling more than 550 aircraft, only ViaSat is poised to deliver the fully-connected aircraft. In 2016, Arconics became a part of ViaSat brining more choice for passenger entertainment and flight deck applications to the aviation industry. CONNECT UP with us at booth 4B40 to experience the only fully-connected aircraft enabled by the most powerful satellite network for aviation.





Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES) in Kirkland, Washington is an industry-leading manufacturer of aircraft electrical power systems, including power generation and distribution. The company’s markets include commercial transport aircraft such as Boeing and Airbus, business aircraft, rotorcraft, drones and military platforms. Astronics AES pioneered passenger In-Seat Power technology installing the first EMPOWER® systems in 1996. Since then, the company has continually refined the EMPOWER® system to provide innovative power solutions for airlines and their passengers. Today, the EMPOWER® system is the industry standard with over 91% market share providing in-seat power to over 200 airline customers and over 900,000 seats. Astronics AES now employs over 500 employees, and they have won awards as a best place to work for 10 years consecutively.





Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.





Global Eagle is a leading provider of satellite-based connectivity and media to fast-growing, global mobility markets across air, land and sea. Supported by proprietary and best-in-class technologies, Global Eagle offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions that cover the globe. With approximately 1,500 employees and 50 offices on six continents, Global Eagle delivers exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse base of customers around the world. Find out more at: www.globaleagle.com



Inmarsat Aviation. The complete connectivity partner for the complete connected aircraft With over twenty-five years' experience in commercial and business aviation, no other connectivity partner has a deeper understanding of customers' needs and the opportunities reliable, high quality broadband promises them. Today over 200 airlines rely on Inmarsat services, and now, our next generation solutions make the full potential of the complete connected aircraft a reality. Our services, including GX for Aviation, European Aviation Network and SwiftBroadband-Safety, support digital transformation from cabin to cockpit. Reliable, high-speed connectivity that gives our customers the confidence to launch inflight innovations that deliver commercial advantage. We're ready to help you take advantage of the vast potential of the complete connected aircraft. Whatever your challenges. Whatever the future. Wherever you fly.